By the way, this would be a wonderful companion piece to the aforementioned All the President's Men. It would be a great double-feature. In fact, there'are some very fun suggestions of that woven into the story, though I shall say no more. And huge credit has to go to the screenwriters, Liz Hannah and Josh Singer -- he has a chance to win a second screenwriting Oscar, I think, having co-written another newspaper-based movie, the Oscar-winning Spotlight. They did a Q&A after the screening, and Hannah mentioned how she was inspired to write the first draft after reading Katherine Graham's tremendous, Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir, Personal History. If you haven't read it, I highly recommend it, which many may want to do after seeing this film. You can get it here.
This is the trailer. Just know that while it gives a very good sense of the style and craft of the film, it doesn't come close to showing how dramatic, tense at times and emotional the movie is. That comes with the structure and building pace, along with quite a few, great scenes of confrontations.
It was actually a double-audience day on Sunday. Before seeing the movie, I went to a matinee of the musical Something Rotten. It was a huge amount of fun. Not a Great Show, but often very funny with a very good and extremely witty score, written by brothers Wayne Kirkpatrick and Karey Kirkpatrck. It about a couple of brothers competing with the massive success of William Shakespeare who is a preening rock-star celebrity. A couple of fun songs right at the top -- the first two, in fact, are "Welcome to the Renaissance" and "I Hate Shakespeare."
This here is the biggest show-stopping number that they did on the Tony Awards. The brothers are told by their patron that their recent shows have been flat, and he'll only put up money if they write something new and fresh. One of the brothers, Nick Bottom, who most-hates Shakespeare (the other brother actually admires him), is stumped what to do, so he goes to a soothsayer, the nephew of Nostradamus, who looks far ahead and tells the playwright that the future of the theater is some odd thing called "a musical." Where people actually sing in the middle of the play. And for some reason no one can figure out why, also break into dance. This is that song, "It's a Musical" -- made all the more fun with about two dozen quick references to musicals. (See how many you can pick out.) In this song below, Brian D'Arcy James (a fine Northwestern grad...) plays Nick Bottom and Brad Oscar (who was 'Franz Liebkind in the original Broadway production of The Producers) is Nostradamus. Unfortunately the video and audio quality is just fair (someone recorded the broadcast off their TV) -- but if you turn the volume all the way up, it should be fine.